Leashes   After safety and before fishing comes the process of securing.  We don't have a lot of room on a kayak to work with.  Shuffling equipment around from one place to another is just part of the kayak fishing process.  Since we're only inches above the water, it's extremely easy to lose items overboard.  There are a few companies manufacturing leashes for securing various types of equipment.  Leashes can be used to secure paddles, fishing rods, nets, game bags, tools, etc;  Also see "Retractors" for other securing options.

The leashes on the left are manufactured by Cetacea.  These are especially good for securing fishing rods.  Connect the leash to an existing eyelet or tankwell strap.  The lanyard end can be attached to the rod butt.  The quick release straps allow you to disengage the leash at any time.  This leash is essentially made out of plastic coil chord wrapped in nylon.  Since they were originally designed and tested for SCUBA, they can take exposure to harsh elements. 


Another good leash system is manufactured by Scotty.  This system is fairly versatile as well.  A rubber ring is placed around the paddle or rod butt.  The leash has a plastic clip on each side for connecting to the rubber rings.  You can easily detach the leash if you need to.  Some gear and accessories don't require the ring in order to make the leash work.  I use a Scotty leash for securing one of my tackle boxes to the rear tankwell.

Some kayak anglers fashion leashes themselves using phone chords, crimps, clips or snaps.  Which ever route you go, leashes will save you gear, time, money and a lot of headache.